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August 12, 2019

New Release – Fèlsina Rancia Chianti Classico Riserva 2016, 6×75, £215, 96 Pts & Fèlsina Fontalloro 2016, 6×75, £220, 98+ Pts

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Today we are thrilled to be able to offer the brilliant wines of Fèlsina, which in the stellar 2016 vintage have produced something remarkable. Akin to Bordeaux, the 2016 vintage in Tuscany could well surpass the 2015, a true great! It comes as no surprise therefore that Fèlsina have produced arguably their greatest ever wine. Fèlsina Rancia has been awarded 96 points from Monica Larner of The Wine Advocate, who says ‘Rancia knocks it out of the park… There is so much energy and tension here, further reinforced by the fresh acidity of the vintage’. Antonio Galloni awards it 94-97+, saying ‘Rancia is yet another magnificent wine in this range from Fèlsina… the 2016 Rancia is shaping up to be epic. That’s pretty much all there is to it’. It is a staggering wine, which priced today at £215 offers supreme value. Felsina Fontalloro has been awarded 98+ points from Larner, who says ‘the 2016 Fontalloro is the best vintage of this landmark wine that I have tasted thus far’, James Suckling awards it 98 points, who says it ‘Goes on for minutes. Clearly great. Better in 2021, but already a star’. Finally, Galloni awards it 93-96 points proclaiming ‘a very special wine in the making is abundantly evident’. Priced today at £220 per case of six, the value is staggering.

Felsina Rancia is contained within the Chianti Classico zone, north east of Siena, covering six hectares which were planted between 1958 and 1982. Rancia derives its names from a historic Rancia farmhouse, once a Benedictine monastery. The vineyards have an elevation of between 400 and 420 metres, with a southwest facing exposure. The soil is composed of limestone – derived from the famed Alberese and Galestro marl. The vines are restricted to low average yields, 40-45 hl/ha. The wine sees 18-20 month in new French oak, followed by 6-8 months barrel age. The first vintage was 1983.

Rancia typifies the powerful bravura of Southern Chianti, sited in Castelnuovo Berardenga which lies at the very southernmost tip; although a small part of the 75-hectare vineyard rests in Crete Senesi. As such, the wines are stylistically similar to Montalcino, in particular famed for dark fruit flavours, with a wonderful perfume of spice and tobacco, they do not lack power, yet retain superb finesse. Felsina is exceptionally consistent and illuminates the very essence of Sangiovese and the promise of Chianti’s special terroir.

The grapes for Fontalloro are grown on the Fontalloro and Poggio al Sole vineyards located inside the Chianti Classico zone, along with Casalino and Arcidossino in the Chianti Colli Senesi zone. As such the wine can never be labelled as Chianti Classico, instead a Super Tuscan IGT. Giuseppe Mazzocolin intentionally extended the vineyard outside of the hallowed zone as he believed and was later vindicated, that the soils provide the wine with a unique flavour. The vines have an average age of 50 years and are situated 400 metres above sea level. The soil is predominantly calcareous matter within the Chianti zone with loam and sand at the borders of Crete Senesi. The vineyards lying within Chianti Classico appellation are the highest in the area of Felsina. These boast stony, calcareous soil. Those in Chianti Colli Senesi are lower ranging from 407 to 330 metres above sea level; the soil is sandy, loamy and silty, taking advantage of pebbles and marine sediments. Both vineyards have a southern exposure and like Rancia, the first vintage was in 1983.

Fontalloro undergoes 18-22 months of ageing in new French Oak, then 8-12 months in bottle. The soil here is made up of quarzitic blue-grey sandstone, containing layers of sand and calcareous albarese mixed with alluvial pebbles. The highest areas of the vineyard contain limestone marl and the fabled Chianti galestro soils. The wine is aged for 12–18 months in French barrique, followed by six to ten months in bottle before release. The wine is elegant, opulent and beautifully structured.

Felsina’s Fontalloro and Rancia Chianti Classicos are unilaterally loved by critics with varying palates. This could be attributed to their wine’s superb ability to combine power and finesse, while also remaining structured. The wines display Chianti’s famed notes of sour cherry and violets, with sweet spice, white truffle and delightful minerality. The scores in 2016 and their commitment to consistent pricing, gives Ranica a Price Over Points ratio (POP) of 26.9, which is exceptional for a wine of this global renown. Fontolloro has a POP of 23.8. To put this into perspective Ornellaia and Redigaffi were awarded 98 points in 2016 and trade at three times the price. The Felsina 2016 wines represent some of the finest value of any wine, anywhere. We have limited allocations and expect these to be oversubscribed.

It is noteworthy that Fèlsina also produce Fèlsina Chianti Classico Berardenga 2016. The Riserva in 2016 has been awarded a magnificent 94 points from Larner, while Galloni scores it 90-93 points calling it ‘another ‘don’t miss’ wine from Fèlsina.’ Priced at £150 per case of six, it has a POP of 17.  Finally, Fèlsina Chianti Classico 2017 has been awarded 92+ from the Wine Advocate, 91+ from Galloni and 93 from Suckling. Priced at £90 per case of six provides gives it a POP of 14, one of the lowest we have ever seen.

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